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Panther profile: Trevor Mabeus

May 25, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Trevor Mabeus

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


Trevor Mabeus is a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School and a member of the Panther boys’ golf team.

Mabeus played a big part in helping the Panther boys get to the state tournament this weekend, shooting a 79 to co-lead the team.

Mabeus met with The News on Monday before practice. The questions are in bold with his answers following.

Did you grow up here in Mt. Pleasant? Yes, I did.

How long have you been golfing? I’ve been golfing for about as long as I can remember. I started off probably when I was about eight with the Young Guns program and I’ve kept a club in my hand ever since.

What was your reason to join when you were a kid? I never would have gotten into it (but) my sister picked up on it and she signed me up for Young Guns. She went out and continued to do it and I just followed in her footsteps really.

Have you made plans for after high school? I’m going to Central College in Pella. I’m going to double major between business management and excursise Science, and I’m going to continue to golf while I’m there.

Have you been soaking up the glory of being a state golf qualifier these last few days? The last few days have been crazy between graduation parties and getting your diploma, walking across the stage. Knowing that you are going to state for golf really puts the icing on the cake. It has been a great last week or so.

Have you been online, looking at the course layout? Yeah. It’s completely different playing our Mt. Pleasant course to now going to a course we’ve never seen. We couldn’t play a practice round on it because they closed it down so it’ll be interesting to see once we get there to just get the feel for the course.

Speaking of courses, what is your favorite course to play golf at? Oh, shoot. There are a lot of courses, I know when we go down to the Ozarks in Missouri during the summer there are a lot of really nice courses down there. I couldn’t really pick one.

What makes a good one to you? I like a really challenging course. A lot of courses around her are pretty open and you can get away with kind of hitting the ball wherever, and you can recover. But when you go down there, you are either in the trees or in the sand and it makes you that much better.

When you are playing in a big tournament where there is a lot on the line, what is the conversation like between you and the people you are playing with? I’m one of those kids that, when I get in my group I ask a lot of questions. I like to know who I’m playing with and it keeps my mind off of golf. I’m one of those people where if I think about my round, I don’t play as well, so I like to just get in a good conversation with the kids and just learn a lot about them. It helps my round a lot.

I already know the answer to this, but do you have any pets? I do. We have a dog and then we have a pet pig at home named Porky who kind of runs the house. She’s pretty spoiled.

So how did you get this pig? I had always wanted a pig ever since about sixth grade. I got a job down at Butch’s River Rock and Butch has a bunch of animals down there. He got a couple, kept one and gave me the other, and here I am still raising this little pig.

I’ve heard that you almost got it taken away one time, can you tell me about that? So this homecoming actually, the Sherriff showed up to our house in the morning. He said that he had got a phone call from one of the drivers going by that there was a stray pig in our yard. He had animal patrol come in. They were going to pick up this pig and take it away because they just thought it was a homecoming prank. We got some weird looks from them when we told them it was actually our pet and that it wasn’t a prank.

In all your years of golf, have you ever drilled anybody on the sidelines? Yes. I’ve been hit once or twice in my life but just recently in a meet, this spring; I had a buddy come watch me. I put one off the tee box a little left and it clipped a tree and ended up hitting him right in the knee. It was Kyle Kauffman.

When you hit someone do you give them something? No, I went up to Kyle and he had just gotten back from school in Carolina. He had come back and came to our meet and I just kind of gave him crap for coming back to my meet and how I hit him and everything…I think he forgave me.

You’re running for president and have to pick one teammate to be your running-mate, who do you pick? I feel like (Riley) Kempker would definitely be the well-suited presidential type but the person I would want to be in charge with would probably be Trace White.

Do you think you guys would win? I don’t know if we’d win, but we’d have a good time trying at least.

When you’re out golfing alone, do you listen to music? Yes.

What kind of music? It depends on my mood. I’m normally kind of a country guy during summer but then when you get during winter I don’t mind the rap and the hip-hop. If I’m really trying to enjoy myself, I normally turn on the 80’s Cardio and listen to some throwback tunes.

What is your favorite cell phone app? I’m one of those who doesn’t have too many games on my phone. My phone is just basically your Social Media and stuff.

Facebook and Twitter? Yep.

Who’s your favorite Twitter follow? Golf stuff is always what my Twitter is pretty much full of. That and shoes. I’ve got a big shoe fetish so there are a lot of shoe people on there. But I like all the trick shot videos you can see on Twitter.

If you could spend the day with one celebrity, who would you choose? I think it would be cool to just be with a famous golfer. One of my favorite golfers is Wesley Bryan. He’s kind of a low-profile kind of guy that nobody knows about, but he is one of the trick shot guys that I follow. I think it’d be kind of cool to hang out with.

And I’m guessing you guys would just golf, right? Yep! Show me some of the tricks.

You could throw some of those trick shots at the state meet. (Laughing) Yeah, he did that. We were at the John Deer Classic this fall and he was kind of stuck in some trees and they had the roped areas. He told the guy to pull the medal things because he wanted to hit the medal things so it could bounce off and get to the fairway. He excecuted it perfectly. It was one of the coolest things.

What if you could pick a superpower to have for the rest of your life? I’m one of those people that would like to know everything. Know what people are thinking, know why everything happens and know what the purpose of it happening is.

Last question. Who is your favorite teacher? My favorite teacher would have to be Mrs. Nudd. She was my fourth grade teacher and now she does fifth grade at Van Allen. I went back this year and did an internship with her and it’s just crazy knowing that she used to teach me and now I’m back there helping her teach. She’s one of those teachers that I’ll always remember and have a spot for.

Panther Profile is a series of interviews with Mt. Pleasant High School athletes currently in season. This season will focus on athletes currently playing on the Mt. Pleasant golf, soccer, tennis and track and field teams.


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